NHS West Midlands has reported that cases of swine flu continue to spread across the region.

The reported rate of GP consultations for people reporting flu or a flu like illness (per 100,000 population) within the region this week has increased from 105.5 (for last week) to 213.9 (this week).

For the period July 23-29 there have been no more deaths in the West Midlands of people who have tested positive for swine flu (H1N1). This means that the number of deaths where there has been a positive test of swine flu in the West Midlands remains at six. The total number of new admissions of people with swine flu admitted to hospitals in the region for the same period was 116.

Dr Rashmi Shukla, regional director public health, NHS West Midlands, said: “We wish to take this opportunity to remind the public that for most people this is a mild illness and that they should start to feel better after a few days without needing to go to their GP or A&E.

“However, for some people, including those with other serious medical conditions, it may be a more serious illness when a virus like this is circulating. If you have flu-like symptoms, it is important that you talk to your doctor, if you have long term health problems such as severe asthma or diabetes, or are pregnant, very young (under 5) or over 65."